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Free as in … the Open Source Refrain – Improved!

I’m not going to recount the history and foundations of open source software, just point out that the word “free” has long been a point of contention when folks talk about “free” software. For clarity, the open-source crowd will refer to …

… and much debate whether the two terms are mutually exclusive.

Well, in this article, Greenemeier mentions a third truism about the use of open source in many IT organizations …

  • Free (as in Puppy), meaning the work and expense begin once you get it home.

Heck, that line is so good, it can be used to help the business understand total cost of ownership (TCO) for internally-developed software / systems.

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